Champion Josh, 14, retains title again

Derbyshire Youth Sailing Club members in action
Derbyshire Youth Sailing Club members in action

The final two events in the 2012 Derbyshire Youth Sailing Series have taken place at Staunton Harold and Burton Sailing Clubs over two recent weekends.

Derbyshire’s youth sailors and their families have enjoyed the fine weather at both events and this has added to a summer of excellent sport and challenging sailing, during which there have been some notable successes for the youth sailors in their racing sailing activities at home and abroad – more of that later.

Among those in action were Highfields School students Josh and Ben Haynes, representing Trent Valley Sailing Club.

Ben (17) was third in his Splash Class dinghy, while Josh (14), sailing his Optimist Class dinghy was the overall winner after three races.

With the series completed, the overall series winner has, for the third year running, been decided using the tie break rules. This demonstrates how closely fought the series championships have been.

Matlock’s Josh Haynes has successfully retained the position as Overall Series Champion and Intermediate Age Group Champion, for the second and third year respectively. Josh was on the same points as Lewis and Harrison Coppinger, who are the Overall Runners-up and Senior Age Group Champions in their first series completion. However, the tie break rules place Josh in first place. Third Overall and Intermediate Age Group Runner-up is Toby Woodings (14) from Carsington Sailing Club in his Laser Radial Class dinghy.

The Junior Age Group series has been won by Daniel Wellbourn Hesp (10) of Ogston Sailing Club in his Optimist dinghy, with Runner-up Alistair Joyce (9) also of Ogston Sailing Club in his RS Tera Sport Class dinghy.

Josh Haynes said: “I am delighted to have retained the title of DYS County Champion for 2012 and for it to be on the tie-break rules again is amazing. I’m having a great year and I’m very grateful to my sponsors, HD Sails, and to my parents for all their support.”

Former and current Derbyshire Youth Sailors, including Josh, have also been achieving further successes in national and international dinghy racing sailing competitions this year. Ogston Sailing Club members Rory Mackenzie, 17, and Harvey Martin, 13, were crowned 2012 European Champions in the double-handed Mirror Class dinghy and Rory, this time with his elder brother Calum Mackenzie,19 in the boat, achieved second place at the 2012 Enterprise Class double handed dinghy under 21 British Championship.

Josh and Ben Haynes also continued their successes in single handed sailing this summer. Josh achieved second at the International Chocolate Cup in Hungary in his Optimist Class dinghy, losing out in a tie-break when on equal points with the Hungarian National Champion, while elder brother Ben became the 2012 British National Champion in his Splash Class dinghy.

“The skills and commitment of these youth sailors and their families, demonstrated in their enjoyment of their dinghy racing sailing activities are incredible,” commented DYS chairman, Mike Haynes.

“The performance levels that the youth sailors are aspiring to and achieving, is inspirational to the junior sailors, who also race alongside them and compete in their own age group series championship.”

The Derbyshire Youth Sailing Series prizes and trophies will be awarded at the Annual General Meeting in November. Meanwhile, the National School Sailing Association, National Single Handed Team Racing event in October is the next outing for Team Derbyshire.

The same team that was runners-up in last year’s event, winning six out of seven races, is entered again for this exciting event that is being held at Oxford Sailing Club, Farmoor Reservoir on the first weekend in October.

They are hoping to come back with the impressive HMY Britannia Gig’s Yoke trophy as winners this time around.